Together with Sandwell Police and the schools, Just Youth are constantly working to ensure Sandwell is a safe place for you and your families to live and work. With that in mind, we would like to inform you of a change in legislation that may affect some of you.
The new legislation came into force in July of this year and makes all weapons banned in public by the Criminal Justice Act 1988, now also banned in private, meaning people can no longer keep them, even at home. Anyone subsequently found in possession of them could face up to 10 years imprisonment.
We are mindful that up until this change in legislation some of these items were legally allowed to be kept in private and there may be such items in your homes.
With this in mind, Sandwell Police will be running an amnesty for the whole of October 2021.
The purpose of this amnesty is to ensure that you are all aware of the new legislation and have the opportunity to surrender illegal weapons that may have been purchased and kept legally.
This means that any weapons can be surrendered without repercussion, and will provide every opportunity for Sandwell young people to dispose of any weapons they may have in a safe manner to avoid any future prosecutions.
If you wish to talk to us about weapons or violence involving young people then we will be happy to talk to you. Officers can attend in plain clothes to avoid any concerns you may have about public perception. Under no circumstances do we want anyone to bring any weapons out of the house.
I want to reassure you that knife crime and weapon possession is still very rare in Sandwell and we hope that this amnesty will help to continue to make Sandwell a very safe place to live and work for all of our young people and families.
If you have any questions regarding this matter please do not hesitate to contact me at:
PS Kym Jones 3616
Sandwell Police Partnerships Team